Kazakhstan

Islamic militants step up attacks in Taraz, Kazakhstan

A suspected Islamic militant launched an attack on the Kazakh city of Taraz at the weekend, killing seven before blowing himself up. The attack is the latest in a series of such incidents that have rocked a country once considered the most peaceful of the former Soviet satellite states.

The 34-year-old attacked, described by Kazakh authorities as a ‘follower of jihadism’, shot four members of the security forces and two civilians before being cornered, at which point he detonated explosives on his body, killing another police officer. The incident occurred in the centre of Taraz, a city 350 miles west of the Kazakh financial centre in Almaty.

Kazakhstan has the most successul economy of all the post-Soviet states in Central Asia, and until this year had largely avoided the kind of violence that has struck other nations in the region. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been in power for two decades, has supported new laws to try to curtail religious extremism, particularly in light of renewed threats from a group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah (Soldiers of the Caliphate), which has claimed responsibility for previous attacks.

About Michael Burrows

Michael Burrows is a freelance TV journalist and writer, public relations manager, and MA Creative Writing student. He lives in Bristol and his hobbies include windsurfing, kayaking and microwaving bad food.

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One thought on “Islamic militants step up attacks in Taraz, Kazakhstan

  1. How could a man reach his objectiv of keeling some people including security men and after that only he detonated explosives linked to his body? That’s a zionist technic imposing explosives on the body of shoosen people send them to commit terrorist acts telling them they are free after their job but instead zionists make them explod by radion waves control. This was put in practice since they created Talibans to force URSS to leave afganistan.

    Posted by Vitorino Batalim | November 13, 2011, 5:59 pm

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